LGBTQ+ History Month 2022: Media Transphobia and Democratic Inequality

By Dr Charlotte Galpin, Associate Professor and Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Government and Dr Gina Gwenffrewi, Co-Director of SUISS at the University of Edinburgh The climate for minorities in the U.K. at the moment is fearful, and febrile. LGBT History Month provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on an increasingly … Continue reading “LGBTQ+ History Month 2022: Media Transphobia and Democratic Inequality”

Birmingham Strikes Back

By Professor Paul Jackson and Professor Scott Lucas, School of Government Dr Amaury Triaud, School of Physics and Astronomy Dr Luisa Orsini, School of Biosciences  Last November, at the University of Birmingham we held a Star Wars themed event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.  Our academics brought to light areas of … Continue reading “Birmingham Strikes Back”

Star Wars, democracy and elites

By Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics Department of International Development, University of Birmingham The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful sets of films in the history of cinema. It deals with a range of complex issues including a hero’s journey, good versus evil, tolerance versus oppression, however one of the most … Continue reading “Star Wars, democracy and elites”

Luke, Obi-Wan, US Foreign Policy: Thoughts on Star Wars Day

By Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham It was the magical moment- well, if you consider nuclear weapons magical – when Hollywood and US foreign policy embraced. Ronald Reagan, former President of the United States and star of films such as Bedtime for Bonzo, told … Continue reading “Luke, Obi-Wan, US Foreign Policy: Thoughts on Star Wars Day”